Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Matador Mini Pocket Blanket; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

I can never travel anywhere around the world without fretting about excess baggage, or if my check in luggage and cabin luggage will exceed the weight limit. This is especially so for students going on a semester-long exchange or study abroad programs. The question of how to pack your luggage to fit in 6 months worth of necessities is always an issue. Everything seems essential and difficult to part with when you’re doing long-term travel. And when you manage to fit your entire home in, the weight is another problem.

I recently came across several useful travel accessories that I thought were ingenious inventions. Not only are they lightweight, they also help maximize luggage space. So I thought I’d share it with you!

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Luggage Travel Accessories

1. Luggage Straps (SGD4.50)

luggage strap; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

2 metres long, this durable strap locks your luggage and keeps it safe.

2. Luggage Tags (SGD3.37)

Suitcase Luggage Tags Labels Baggage Address Card Case; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Identify your luggage with luggage tags! Include your name and contact number on your tag. I don’t want to be a wet blanket, but don’t underestimate the probability of your luggage getting lost. Made of rubber and plastic material, this tag comes with a plastic strap for attaching to your luggage easily.

3. Luggage Locks (SGD15)

Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have | Safe Skies Aero 3 Dial TSA Lock

TSA-approved, they are a useful travel accessory for keeping your day bag or your cabin luggage secure.

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Airplane Travel Accessories

4. Ear Plugs (SGD2.87)

ear plugs- Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

You never know how effective ear plugs are in blocking out noise until you’re living in a hostel, or sit beside a wailing baby on the plane. This can be a real life-saver especially if you’re on long flights.

5. Cabeau Midnight Magic Sleep Mask (SGD36)

Cabeau Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask | Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

This sleep mask is special because it is fitted with an adjustable nose bridge, allowing you to bend and mold the mask to perfectly contour to your unique facial features, guaranteeing 100% blackout. For maximum comfort, this sleep mask has specially designed inner rounded eye liners to keep it from resting against your eyelids as you sleep or, more importantly, no more smearing of eye make-up! It also features a sealed side pocket to hold the foam earplugs (included), making it a very useful travel accessory.

6. Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Pillow (SGD49)

Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Pillow; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Cabeau’s Memory Foam Evolution Pillow™ has a patented ergonomic design and incorporates 8 unique features, including 360° head and chin support, a washable velour cover, and a travel bag that compacts the pillow down to 1/4 its size.

Ever had the feeling of waking up from a long train ride with a stiff neck? This incredibly comfortable travel pillow puts an end to bobbing heads, and cramped, uncomfortable sleeping positions and is made with world class responsive memory foam. All hail neck pillows!

7. Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Cool Pillow (SGD99)

Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Cool Pillow™ (Glacier); Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

With dual-density memory foam, innovative cooling vents and 360-degree head and neck support, stay cool while you sleep with its innovative air circulation vents. The moisture-wicking fabric also absorbs perspiration, and can be easily removed and washed. The travel case is also able to compact the pillow to half its size, making for easy packing and carrying around.

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Electronics Travel Accessories

8. Multi Regional USB Adapter (SGD29)

Veho Multi Regional USB Adapter | Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

The interchangeable AC sockets click quickly and easily in and out of position so that you are able to switch between regional power supplies with ease. The 5V 1000mA output makes the travel adapter compatible with charging your most phones and iPods, or any other USB-charged device.

9. Electronics Organizer Case (SGD7.70)

Vanker Zipped Travel Digital Devices USB Cable Gadget Carry Organizer Kit Case Storage - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Instead of dumping your wires in one pouch and having to deal with messy and tangled wires, this large cable organizer bag sorts them out. I can put now fit my electronic gadgets like my Macbook charger, phone charger, camera battery charger, extra memory cards, etc. It’s ideal for photographers or digital nomads who work with a lot of electronic gadgets on the go.

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Travel Accessories Organizer

10. 6-Piece Travel Organizer Bag Set (SGD13.80)

Korea Travel Essential 6 pcs Organizers Bag Set - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

The perfect solution for organizing your clothes in your luggage. Made of nylon material, it is waterproof and washable.

11. Underwear Storage Bag (SGD6.50)

Portable Travel Drawer Dividers Closet Organizers Bra Underwear Storage Bag - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

A must have for travel accessory for women who travel, it sorts your underwear neatly and prevents them from getting squashed in luggages. The last thing you want is to have dented bras when you arrive at your destination.

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Safety Travel Accessories

12. Waist Pack Bag Pocket Pouch (SGD4.10)

Close Fitted Waist Pack Bag Pocket Pouch for Traveling Outdoor - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

I know it can be uncomfortable to have a waist pouch around you under your (sometimes layers of) clothing, but this is the surest way of keeping your cash and important documents safe. I wore this in the beginning of my 6-month exchange trip to Europe when I was carrying wads of cash with me.

Made of pure cotton mesh fabric, it wicks perspiration and moisture away quickly. With its adjustable elastic belt, it can fit any size.

13. Neck String Bag Pouch (SGD 4.70)

Travel Bag Neck String Passport Card Tickets Bag Pouch; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Another option is to have your belongings hung around your neck.

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Toiletries Travel Accessories

14. Matador NanoDry Shower Towel (SGD65)

Matador NanoDry Shower Towel | Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

This super absorbent, full-sized shower towel is light and quick-drying. This towel absorbs 2.3 times its own weight in water. With an anti-microbial Gold Coat and convenient silicone carry case with carabiner, you can clip it on your beach bag, backpack, or gym bag for a towel designed to go anywhere. A snap loop is also included on the towel for hang drying. Perfect for backpackers or taking on road trips!

15. Travel-sized squeeze tubes (SGD 19.99)

Travel Accessories Bottle Set by MrLifeHack , TSA Airline Approved, 4 Leak Proof Travel Size Silicone Containers Perfect for Shampoo and Lotion, Easy Squeeze Tubes, Clear Toiletry Case - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Store your shampoo and other liquids in these silicon bottles. This travel bottle set is TSA-approved and at only 2.8 ounce, they are safe to put in your carry on luggage. It is leak-proof, with each bottle coming with a triple sealing lid and non-drip valve.

The wide mouth makes it easy to pour in any liquids such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, sunscreen, body wash, face cream, mouth wash and even condiments such as syrups, ketchups and dressings. The owl shaped bottle’s eyes are actually strong suction cups which will stick to mirrors, glass, and most flat smooth surfaces.

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Outdoor Travel Accessories

16. Matador Droplet Wet Bag (SGD29)

Matador Droplet Wet Bag; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Regular waterproof bags take up space. This bag though is compact enough to fit on a keychain and yet large enough to stuff dirty or wet clothes in. Whether it is your sweaty gym clothes or wet swim suits, this bag can keep the wet in, or out depending on your needs.

17. Matador Mini Pocket Blanket (SGD39)

Matador Mini Pocket Blanket; Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

Water repellent, puncture-resistant and extremely compact. At 37 grams and 110cm x 70cm in size, it’s large enough for it to act as a picnic mat. It’s the perfect complement for taking a lunch break on a long hike or for lying down to read a book in the park.

18. Matador Pocket Blanket (SGD55)

Matador Pocket Blanket - Useful Travel Accessories You Must Have

The slightly larger sister of the Mini Pocket Blanket, this piece measures 160cm x 110cm, making it large enough for big groups to chill on. Ideal for hiking, parks, picnics, beaches, festivals, concerts, and more.

 

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22 Comment

  1. All of them are quite useful!!! I’ve been buying them little by little, can’t purchase it all at once. I really need Electronics Organizer Case though! And the packing cubes for clothes – made my life so much easier! Definitely essential for traveling 🙂

  2. Thanks for these ideas. As my travel frequency has increased I have felt the need of useful accessories such as these. I am bookmarking it for reference the next time I go shopping,

  3. These are some genius travel accessories. We recently got the pocket blankets and love them so much. Thanks for all these great ideas.

  4. The pocket blanket was amazing. I loved the six pack bag organizer as well. Everything will be properly organized. Really helpful.

  5. So many of them and so very useful. I have been looking for a good foam pillow and this one seems really good. i also like that electronic wires organizer. Seems so useful and compact. Thanks for sharing these.

  6. Nicole Anderson says: Reply

    What a great list of very useful (not to mention cool) items! As a keen lover of the great outdoors, I also do a fair amount of camping and hiking and many items here are really practical for those situations as well. Thanks for the many ideas and links to these items.

  7. therainbowroute says: Reply

    That blackout mask looks like something I need – I can never fall asleep on planes. And the underwear organiser would really save me digging around at the bottom of my bag trying to find clean undergarments. There are several things on this list that would really make my life easier.

  8. 4, 8 & 9 are musts for me. Now #11 is an interesting idea. Never heard of that before!

  9. I feel so unprepared when travelling now. I just throw a few clothes into a suitcase or backpack and head off. Should try some of these to see if the flight would be more comfortable. I usually fall asleep as soon as I am on the plane, but I wouldn’t mind a bit more comfort

  10. rhiydwi says: Reply

    Other than a travel adaptor I actually don’t use any of these! I can totally see why they’d be useful to some, but I’m so low maintenance these days that I’m more of a “chuck 2 outfits and some clean underwear in a bag and go” kind of gal. I could definitely do with an underwear storage bag though for any extended trips – will have to look into that before I head off next time!

  11. Some of these I have never used or needed, but the ones I do use I wouldn’t travel without. The adaptors for the electronics and my packing cubes keep save lots of time and space.

  12. These are useful tips. I just purchased an electronics organizer for my last trip since I have a DSLR, gopro and drone now, which have a lot of little cords and batteries.

  13. Really neat stuff! Most of it I have not heard of before. I especially think those mini towel and blankets are super awesome! Just today, I saw someone talking about how to pack bras…I never really thought about it much. I wish I had known about the package for underwear then!

  14. Wow I did not know there are so many accessories for travelers! I need a few of these especially that pillow and ear plugs – great for long travels. The luggage tags and locks are so handy too, so I use them a lot too!

  15. Riely says: Reply

    Such great useful travel necessities. I am a sucker for any sort of organizational accessory. It definitely helps with keeping you organized while not overpacking. Like you said, it’s hard not to pack your whole house while heading on a 6 month exchange program.

  16. Great tips and reminders. Ear plugs! I always forget earplugs. But I always wish I’d remembered to stock up and pack them. It’s so true. Those little things can actually make a big difference when traveling.

  17. I think you have covered everything. Some of these things though simple can lead to complications if we forget to have them. Simple things like proper tags and locks can make a whale of a difference.

  18. Tami says: Reply

    I bought one of those zip pouches for cables and cords for my husband for Christmas, and he absolutely loves it! Anything we can use to save space is a plus, and we hate to ever travel with any more than a carry-on!

  19. I love the pillows, they look so comfy!

  20. I have to get the metador pocket blanket now. They look very useful. Thanks for such a comprehensive list.

    1. I’m doing a giveaway for that on my Instagram soon!

  21. Chris says: Reply

    I think some have merit, but personally I see others as a bit gimmicky.

    Money belts/pouches are useful against perhaps pickpockets, but if someone is going to mug you, it’s really no secret where to check for such things these days.

    Most if not all full service carriers (airlines) offer earplugs and face masks these days as well, so you can always save yourself some money and use/keep them!

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